Pros: camaraderie, experience, benefits (vacation, sick days, healthcare)
Cons: working weekends, difficult patients, not enough debriefing
My coworkers and superiors are all passionate about patient care, which is something I love. I also enjoy working with the patients and seeing people get better. However, the pay isn't that good, but poor pay comes with working in the mental health system. The job really follows you home. A stressful day will make you snap at everyone and there's really nothing you can do about it, considering MOST days are stressful days. The job is inherently difficult, but it's also very rewarding. I recommend the experience to anyone, but be planning your next step as soon as you start. Otherwise this job will eat you alive.